Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that LeBron James, according to Windhorst’s sources, will not announce his decision about where he’s playing next season until Thursday at the earliest ... after his Nike basketball camp this week is over.
Which makes total sense.
Telling the world whom he wants to sign with Monday, with campers congregating in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, for the next three days, only would have worked for LeBron if he’s definitely staying with the Cavs. How could he announce that he’s leaving them in free agency and then proceed with the camp?
Jittery Cavs fans will undoubtedly worry now that this is the latest LeBron’s Leaving signal, but I would argue that you can’t read that much into the delay. Not when so many folks around the league connected to the teams chasing LeBron believe, more and more, that staying with the Cavs is a far bigger possibility than many prognosticators believed going into the frenzy.
If he’s going to leave Ohio now -- and subject himself to untold scorn for the rest of his life when he goes home -- James naturally wants to be sure he’s making the right call. It’s understandable, at least to me, that he wouldn’t want to rush that choice after cramming six visits into three days.